Suzuki Swift EV showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show

03/12/2011 - 13:37 | ,   | Kaustubh Shinde

Being bullish on the future of EVs, Suzuki hit the Tokyo motor show with a number of ‘green’ vehicles. The most interesting of the lot is the Swift EV which was teased before the show. The Swift EV uses the current platform and harnesses power from the combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine.

Suzuki Swift EV 2Suzuki Swift EV

Before engineering the Swift EV, Suzuki Engineers conducted a study which revealed that Swift owners only travel 29 km on a daily basis. Engineers hence designed this range-extended EV to cover that distance on pure electric power.

A smaller gasoline engine kicks into action to recharge the batteries when the power in completely drained out.

Suzuki Swift EV 1Suzuki Swift EV 3

According to Suzuki, this type of technology has several benefits such as:

  • Smaller battery than a full EV
  • Lesser costs
  • Less time to fully charge

Suzuki has promised that it will apply the range-extender technology to production models in the future.

Source: AutoBlog.com

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